July 24, 2016

We have been so blessed by the tremendous hearts and voices of the speakers that have shared at Bloom in the past few weeks. Mark Brende on behalf of iEmpathize was no exception. I appreciated so much his raw candor and heart. And we are all too aware, of late, of how injustice, racism, and violence have torn through our world. We may fear that if we chance to really look at it, the hopelessness may flood in.

But God still asks us to look, to see and be moved by compassion and action with Christ and with hope. If any of you have been in a conversation for more than 15 minutes with me, you know I start evangelizing Gregory Boyle's book Tattoos on the Heart. In it he says, "Compassion isn't just about feeling the pain of others; it's about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. 'Be compassionate as God is compassionate,' means the dismantling of barriers that exclude."

Healing is the work of Jesus. As we begin to see the marginalized, the forgotten, the voiceless, we also begin to see the light and peace that Jesus brings into those dark spaces. And he does this with us. As we ask Jesus to show us the things he has compassion for in this city and around us, as we start the discussion and enter into prayer with others, may we always be amazed at what we might see and experience as Jesus continues to heal our broken world.

Blessings on you. May you be filled to the very brim with Jesus' compassion and hope for this world.

- Dulcy Booth, Bloom CLT